Elementary Learning Opportunities

February & March Workshops with E2CCB

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DTSDE a Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness

February 19, 2016

This tool encompasses multiple instruments such as interviews, classroom observations and surveys. The workshop will begin with a clear and cogent statement of the optimal conditions of an effective school and the instruments comprising the protocol will measure how close or far away a particular school is to the optimal conditions identified. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the tool and how it may best be utilized in the school setting.Intended Audience: Special Education teachers, counselors, administrators

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Facilitatyr: Rebecca Donnelly, Staff Development Specialist

Aligning the Social Studies Framework to the CKLA (Grades K-2)

February 25, 2016

Using the Core Knowledge Language Arts program and trying to figure out how you're going to integrate what you know about the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework? This workshop is designed to support your with this alignment of the CKLA and the Social Studies Framework. We will discuss how you can support your already packed ELA instructional block with the Social Studies Practice and Inquiry. Time will be provided to connect the learning to actual lessons for your classroom.

The learning objectives are as follows:

  • I can deepen my understanding of the Social Studies Practices.

  • I can identify areas of the CKLA to align the Social Studies Framework and Inquires seamlessly.

  • I can effectively engage in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing my own ideas clearly.

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Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

Developing and Teaching Text Sets

February 29, 2016

Text sets support all learners, especially those with background knowledge or vocabulary deficits, by building up these domains through a volume of reading. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop strong text sets and the supporting scaffolds to allow students to successfully navigate the text set. Teachers and Library Media Specialists will use the materials, activities and discussions embedded in the modules as a springboard for developing and using text sets to support students in building knowledge, vocabulary and the capacity to read independently.Intended Audience: Special and General Education teachers, Library-Media Specialists, Consultant Teachers.

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Facilitators: Rebecca Donnelly & Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialists

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Developing Quality Rubrics

March 1, 2016

“Why aren’t my students submitting quality work? I used a rubric.” Sometimes, a rubric is not the right tool for the task, and oftentimes, teachers assume that their rubrics are great without actually comparing them to the criteria that differentiate quality rubrics. Educators attending this workshop will learn these criteria, when rubrics are the right tool to use for assessment purposes, and how to create your own rubrics that drive student learning and authentic work products that exhibit a high level of quality. Learning Targets for participants are:

  1. I can explain the criteria for a quality rubric.

  2. I can design rubrics that center on the learning and differentiate between different levels of quality student work.

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Facilitators: Marcy Sweetman & Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialists

Introduction to Coding in a K-5 Classroom (Model Schools)

March 2, 2016

Code powers our digital world, join us as we learn the basics of coding and become empowered to integrate it into your instruction. Together we will explore what coding is, why is it so important and how it can fit into a K-5 Classroom. No experience with coding is necessary to participate.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of Code basics.

  • Learn how to code via a variety of instructional tools.

  • Engage in a range of collaborative discussions around the integration of Coding into your instruction.

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Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

The Role of Emotions in the Learning Process

March 2, 2016

Examine how motivation and engagement affect learning and how UDL can be used to facilitate self-regulatory skills that support learning. Using the UDL Guidelines, participants learn to help students develop the emotional skills that support persistence, motivation, and a belief in their own competence. Participants will also learn how to adapt their own curriculum to target the most resistant and challenging students with practical tools. Intended Audience: Special Education teachers, counselors, administrators

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Facilitator: Rebecca Donnelly, Staff Development Specialist

Collaborating with Families

March 8, 2016

Designed to help administrators and teachers build positive relationships with families to become learning partners to increase student achievement. This workshop highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel must factor in working with families. Participants will focus on developing strategic approaches to impact student attendance, behavior and course performance.Intended Audience: Special Education teachers, counselors, administrators

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Facilitator: Rebecca Donnelly, Staff Development Specialist

Exploring and Enhancing NYS Module Assessments

March 8, 2016

This workshop is designed to take new and veteran users of the NYS ELA Curriculum Modules in Grades 3-8 through an understanding of the moments of assessments in the modules, what they can tell us about student learning and the development of additional assessments to address relevant standards. Time for planning and designing assessments will be provided.

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Facilitator:Theresa Gray, Coordinator, Integrated Education Services

Performance Based Assessments

March 14, 2016

Pencil-and-paper tests often do not capture the learning that took place for a particular unit, especially if the learning is procedural or process-based. Well-designed performance-based assessments (PBAs) help teachers get to the heart of student learning and allow students to receive specific feedback on their performance. Educators attending this workshop will dissect examples and delve deeply into the “why” and “how” of PBAs on the road to crafting their own. Learning Targets for participants:

  1. I can explain when a Performance Based Assessment should be used instead of a traditional assessment.

  2. I can design a PBA to assess my students.

  3. I can create a quality rubric to use in evaluating student work for this PBA.

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Facilitator: Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist

Pacing & Planning within the CKLA (PK - 2)

March 31, 2016

This workshop is designed for PK - 2 teachers who are well into the implementation of the CKLA program and are ready to make the necessary changes to the pace and planning of their curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will use the Supplementary and Assessment and Remediation Guides to make thoughtful adaptations to their current program while maintaining the integrity of the program and alignment to the CCLS. Participants are encouraged to bring their curricular materials and current pacing guides as time will be provided to collaborate and plan.

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Facilitator: Kelly Wetzler, Staff Development Specialist

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Grading Smarter, NOT Harder (Blended Learning Series)

March 10, 2016

Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES is partnering with New York State ASCD, national ASCD and three other BOCES to bring Myron Dueck, author of Grading Smarter, Not Harder, to work with regional educators. During this blended session, educators will explore a number of topics including: the purpose and implications of grading, what homework is (and what it could be), and whether there is a place for a zero in student grades. Myron will also work with attendees to strengthen their grading practices in order to best benefit learners. Along with working virtually with Myron, attendees will work with each other, and in-person IES Team facilitators, to help make the best practices explored a reality when returning to the school building or district office.

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Facilitators: Myron Dueck, Consultant and IES Team Facilitators